Jacob Bertrand | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Jacob Bertrand
  • Occupation Actor
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace California, USA
  • Birth Date Mar 06, 2000
  • Age 21 Years, 6 Months
Cast of the Netflix series 'Cobra Kai'

Jacob Bertrand | Biography

Bertrand plays the role of Hawk suffering with cleft lip or lip scar issues in the Netflix series 'Cobra Kai'

Jacob Bertrand plays the role of Eli Moskowitz, also known as Hawk, in the series 'Cobra Kai,' a sequel of the 1984 movie 'The Karate Kid.' His character has a cleft lip in the series, and this motivated Bertrand to work with several non-profit organizations in his real-life to help children with the condition. He is the first-ever youth celebrity ambassador for Smile Train, a charity drive that performs free surgeries and provides other services to children with cleft lip conditions.

Jacob Bertrand is an American actor renowned for his role as Hawk in the television series 'Cobra Kai.' 

Who is Jacob Bertrand?

Jacob Bertrand began his acting career as a child artist at 9 in the 2009 movie Duress. After appearing in several TV series, he landed in the DisneyXD's title role Kirby Buckets breakout role. 

In 2018, he got cast as Hawk in the mixed martial television series Cobra Kai, a sequel of the 1984 film The Karate Kid

Besides acting, Bertrand had also directed a short movie, Jud's Decisions, the concept of which sparked him in his high school days. With the help of the stunt coordinator, Hiro Koda, the movie got materialized, and Bertrand hopes to continue writing.  

Early Life and Education

Bertrand was born on 6 March 2000 in Los Angeles to Scott and Christina Bertrand. He has two siblings - a brother named Blake Bertrand and a sister named Makenna Bertrand. 

He grew up on his dad's music. As his dad was born in the '70s, Bertrand happened to hear a lot of '70s, 80's and 90's rock from his dad. While growing up, his interest shifted to enjoy watching movies.


Jacob Bertrand began his acting career as a child actor in the 2009 movie Duress. Bertrand also did guest roles on a television series, The Cape and The Middle.

Bertrand's first major role was when he portrayed Henry in the Nickelodeon show Marvin Marvin. It ultimately landed him to play the title role in DisneyXD's show Kirby Buckets for several seasons, where he played 13-year-old boys who dream of becoming an animator. The actor also previously starred in Disney's hit film The Swamp and the movie Jinxed. He also co-starred in Nickelodeon's sitcom iCarly. In 2018, he appeared in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi movie Ready Player One as a high school kid.

Bertrand also played a recurring role on the animated series Bubble Guppies.

Cobra Kai

Cobra Kai is a mixed martial arts television series and a sequel to the 1984 film The Karate Kid. The first season of the series premiered on 2 May 2018 on YouTube. The second season was premiered in 2019, after which YouTube announced to stop producing scripted original programs. 

Briefly, after some time, the third season of Cobra Kai premiered on Netflix in January 2021, and the fourth season is expected to release by the end of 2021. Netflix has also renewed for the fifth season.  

The first 10 episodes of Cobra Kai featured the return of the main characters Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, the two arch-rivals from the legendary The Karate Kid film series. In Cobra Kai, LaRusso lived with his family and ran a successful network of car dealerships, whereas his archenemy, Lawrence, was portrayed working as a maintenance man struggling to make ends meet. With a series of unfortunate events involving their high school children, the duo's lives get intertwined, and their rivalry gets restored.  

In the series, Bertrand plays the character of Eli Moskowitz aka, Hawk, with cleft lip issues. His character with the lip scar has received applause from several kids suffering from the condition. It motivated Bertrand to work with several non-profit organizations to help children with the condition in his real life. He is the first-ever youth celebrity ambassador for Smile Train, a charity drive that performs free surgeries and provides other services to children with cleft lip conditions. About his character, Bertrand mentioned that it goes from zero to hero.

In an interview with Red Carpet News, Bertrand expressed that he enjoyed the popularity of the show. He also confessed that he was intimidated in the initial days as there was a legacy built behind The Karate Kid and feared to meet the expectations. According to him, the people who wrote the Cobra Kai were the biggest The Karate Kid fans ever.

Bertrand shared that he and his co-actors underwent training and drilling for two days to film the school fight scene from episode 10 in season 2, which he claims to be his favorite scene. 

While expressing his thoughts about his return in season 3, he said that he liked when they brought Eli back because it was another facet of the role. He stated that it was challenging and fun and loved performing both positive and negative shades of the character.

In an interview with California Live, the actor shared the backstory of the third season. "I do a lot of bad things to a lot of nice people," Bertrand said. 

He noted that it took an hour to set up Hawk's hairstyle, and it's all his natural hair with a lot of hair spray. His tattoo for the role was temporary, and the lip scar was also a tiny tattoo.

In the upcoming season 4 of the series, the actor is looking forward to his character getting an opportunity to amend many relationships he had hurt throughout the show and, most importantly, his relationship with the characters Demetri and Miguel. 

Bertrand also wishes to have a father character for his Hawk role as it would be fun to explore more of Hawk's personal life and have a look at his family.

Personal Life

Bertrand is currently residing in Los Angeles. He loves directing short movies in his leisure. Bertran also enjoys playing guitar, hiking, rock climbing, skateboarding, and working in his woodshop.

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